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Making a difference: from Winchester to the world

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Inspiring the next generation to make a difference You are part of the Winton Club Alumni Association community comprising over 30,000 members drawn from 90 countries around the world. This community, your community, is committed to making a difference.

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Inspire – Influence – Get involved.

“Basically, the University is saying I am worth investing in”



Mind gains: British Council recognises psychological work of Kuwaiti alumnus

“I wanted my work to really mean something”

In addition to our resolute focus on graduate employability, we recognise the phenomenal value of higher education as a transformational force. At the heart of our University is a passion to empower everyone to become drivers of change, tackling global challenges with wisdom and innovation to bring about a better world. Our values – Compassion, Individuals Matter and Spirituality – shape how we do this. We treasure each and every student, and hope studying here had a positive influence on your life. We love hearing about your successes after you graduate, so please keep in touch. This edition of Venta highlights just some of our inspirational alumni and how they are making a positive impact on people. I am incredibly proud of you all.

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If you are inspired to make a difference and give something back, we would love for you to get involved with some new initiatives to support current and future students. There’s a whole host of opportunities – from mentoring students to becoming an Ambassador to writing blogs – and these can be tailored to suit you and your busy lives. Help the next generation make a real difference in the world.



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Talking Heads

Kate’s American dream – funding makes it a reality



Winchester journalists don’t fake it to make it

Every picture tells a story

I hope you enjoy reading Venta 35.

Professor Joy Carter CBE DL Vice-Chancellor and President of the Winton Club Alumni Association

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Recognition for Charles

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Alumni benefits and gifts




A note of grad-itude

By numbers: Winchester Student Union’s Winton Weekend

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Latest University news

Editorial team Savannah King Communications Manager (Students and Alumni) Corinne Mackenzie Communications Officer (Alumni) Nicky Booth Communications and Marketing Officer Helen Hatton Head of Communications

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Inspire – Influence – Get Involved. Here are just some ways you can influence and inspire the next generation of Winchester graduates by volunteering your time and expertise.

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We want to establish a group of engaged alumni to work alongside us to develop the University’s professional networks and alumni mentoring programme. If this is your passion and you want to get involved from the outset, we need you!

YOU CAN GIVE ■■ Career insights into different roles, organisations and sectors ■■ Skills development (communication, relationship building, organisation) ■■ Access to information and advice through your professional experience ■■ An impartial and confidential way to discuss expectations, anxieties and concerns ■■ Access to new contacts and networking opportunities YOU CAN GAIN ■■ An understanding about today’s graduates, their expectations and abilities ■■ Skills development (coaching) ■■ Interaction with fellow mentors, building networks and sharing best practice ■■ Future recruits, thanks to talent spotting ■■ A sense of pride and achievement having given back to the student community

BE AN ALUMNI AMBASSADOR COMMUNICATING WITH PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS WORKS BOTH WAYS TOO. YOU CAN GIVE ■■ Your passion for Winchester ■■ Expert, local knowledge of your area of the world ■■ Confidence to individuals from a range of backgrounds to consider university ■■ Inspiration to individuals to think of themselves as a Winchester student ■■ Positivity about the life-changing power of being part of the Winchester community YOU CAN GAIN ■■ Direct links to the latest information about the University – be among the first to know about new courses, developments and activities ■■ Opportunities to sharpen your public speaking and communication skills ■■ A finger on the pulse of Higher Education student recruitment ■■ Opportunities to go to events – on campus, off campus and sector-specific ■■ Satisfaction in helping the next generation discover the University of Winchester

SUBMIT A GRADUATE PROFILE If you think your career story could help to guide others on their employment path, we’d love to hear from you. Drop us an email at to let us know what you’ve been up to since you graduated and how Winchester helped you get there.

WRITE AN ARTICLE OR BLOG FOR THE WEBSITE (WWW.WINCHESTER.AC.UK/ALUMNI) If you have a story you think would be of interest or inspiration to future and current students or alumni, please send it to

DONATE TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR FUTURE Remembering Winchester in your Will by leaving a legacy to the University is a lasting gift to future students and to the continuing development of this unique place in years to come. If you would like to include the University of Winchester in your Will, a solicitor will be able to advise you which type of legacy suits you best. We also welcome donations to our Winton Benevolent Fund which gives students or alumni the opportunity receive hardship support.

For more information about any of these volunteer opportunities or to register your interest, please get in touch by email to or call +44 (0)1962 826389.

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“Basically, the University is saying I am worth investing in”

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The University of Winchester’s work welcoming refugees and asylum seekers leads to designation as a University of Sanctuary. Against a backdrop of global migration and refugee crises, the University of Winchester has become the first University of Sanctuary in the south of England, recognised for its initiatives to welcome refugees and asylum seekers. In 2010, Winchester was one of the first two universities in the UK to offer financial support for outstanding students who had sought sanctuary in the UK to undertake a degree course. Students who are in the process of seeking settled status are unable to access Government loans for tuition fees or maintenance. To this day, Winchester’s Sanctuary Award waives tuition fees and offers a bursary of £3,000 a year to support other costs whilst studying. Originally this Award supported one student per year, but now it is offered to five new students each year.

children and young people; language tuition for Syrian families settled in Winchester offered by volunteer University staff; and membership of the Council for At-Risk Academics fellowship programme, which helps academics in immediate danger and those forced into exile. Other initiatives include a Forced Migration Network of academics and support staff who are involved in research, teaching, outreach and support relating to asylum seekers and refugees. Last September, the University hosted Boundary Crossing, an international, interdisciplinary conference on refuges and social justice. This broad portfolio of programmes is what caught the eye of the UK charity City of Sanctuary, which officially honoured the University with the University of Sanctuary award in December 2018. Nicola Walters, City of Sanctuary, South West Regional Coordinator, who presented the award, commented: “I had the opportunity to be part of the appraisal committee that made the unanimous decision to recognise the University for its work, both supporting sanctuary seekers to access higher education and also in their commitment to research and teaching on topics such as refugees, migration and social justice. It is clear that the University is seeking to offer opportunities to sanctuary seekers settled in the local area. This is a thoroughly well-deserved award.”

So far, 24 students from 16 countries have received awards, including Daniel, a Psychology student.

“Having the Sanctuary Award from the University means I have the opportunity to progress,” said Daniel. “I have views and dreams that I want to achieve and the Sanctuary Award has opened the door for me to achieve those things. Basically, the University is saying that I’m worth investing in, and that’s something I’ve gladly received and will take to go forward.” Alongside the Sanctuary Award, Dr Terri Sandison MBE, Special Projects Manager, who oversees the University’s Sanctuary Awards programme highlights the “enormous amount of excellent work going on across the University which is helping to transform lives for displaced people”. This includes hosting family days for Syrian families in partnership with the Rural Refugee Network and residential visits on campus for asylum-seeking

At the presentation ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Professor Joy Carter CBE DL cemented the University’s commitment to making a difference.

“Winchester warmly welcomes those fleeing violence and persecution in their own countries. We value the contribution those seeking sanctuary bring to the University and more widely to the city of Winchester.”

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Mind gains British Council recognises psychological work of Kuwaiti alumnus.

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Arguably, it’s not all that ground-breaking when universities think that their alumni are brilliant. What does stand out is when external organisations recognise it too, especially when the organisation in question is the British Council – the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. Such is the case for Abdullah ‘Abs’ AlKhulifah (Business Management and Marketing, 2009-2012). He is a finalist in the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards in the Social Impact category, for his contributions as a psychologist in Kuwait undertaking important work to raise awareness of mental health in the Gulf. The prestigious Alumni Awards recognise and celebrate international alumni of UK universities, who have distinguished themselves through exemplary leadership in their professional field. Abdullah’s path to praiseworthy leadership hasn’t always been straightforward. Coming to Winchester 10 years ago, he studied Business Management and Marketing in order to gain the skills that would enable him to return to his native Kuwait to run his family business.

“My experience at Winchester was a truly positive, life-changing experience. Not only did I learn independence, but I have made friends that have stayed very dear to me to this day.”

“The city is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever lived in, especially surrounded by the positive energy and greenery that lavished my life there on a daily basis. The University campus has a homey feeling that has taken away a lot of the common stress students have.” However, upon returning to Kuwait and working in the bank he knew something wasn’t right – “I definitely realised this was not my place in society,” he commented. Experiencing depression, he took the decision to switch his career. “I have been one of the victims of Kuwaiti society that has been tied up to only follow certain career paths,” Abs reflects. “Because of the pressure that society offers, I am definitely not the only one with such mental health issues, so I didn’t just want to tackle my own depression, I also wanted to guide others into fighting their mental illnesses.” In order to chart a new course, Abs returned to the country where he had previously had Higher Education success. “The UK has the class and history which is very welcoming for students; its openness and diversity is truly amazing,” he comments. This time, Abs headed to the University of Edinburgh to complete a British

Psychological Society-accredited conversion Masters in Psychology of Mental Health. Back in Kuwait, he is now a prominent psychologist working at the Fawzia Sultan Healthcare Network. He provides therapy for adults who need cognitive rehabilitation and general counselling, in addition to working with children and adolescents who are dealing with learning disabilities, Autism, OCD, ADHD, general anxiety and depression.

Alongside seeing clients, Abs is fighting the serious stigma of mental health in the Gulf.

Giving workshops and lectures at Kuwait University and the American University of Kuwait, as well as attending conferences and workshops, including presenting at the upcoming Middle East Psychological Association’s third annual conference on parenting in the Arab world, Abs is determined to “make connections that will benefit the mental health field of our beloved country”. Always hungry to improve, Abs is currently halfway through a second Masters degree, this time in International Counselling from Lehigh University, USA which he is using to help him develop specific therapy styles that fit best for the Gulf countries. Further ideas for future evolutions of mental health support have come from volunteer work on the hot streets of Kuwait. Working with animal shelters rescuing dogs and cats, Abs is hatching plans for introducing animal-assisted therapy for mental health in Kuwait. As if this wasn’t enough, Abs is also a co-founder of Word of Mouth Poetry, a creative hub for up-and-coming spoken word artists, designed to give an awareness to the hidden talents of Kuwait. “It’s a vessel for all native tongues to share ideas and thoughts and to showcase and spread their work,” Abs explains. “My proud choice of studying and living in Winchester has played a major part in making me a finalist in the British Council’s Study UK awards in the Social Impact category, because the University has shaped up who I am today and for that I’m very grateful,” Abs recognises. Awarded at a ceremony in Kuwait City in March, the British Council Study UK Alumni Awards winners are those who are leaders in their fields who have used their experience of studying at a UK university to make a positive contribution to their communities, professions and countries. Naturally, Abs is already a winner in our eyes.

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“I wanted my work to really mean something” Zoe Bunter, BA Education Studies with History of Art, 1995-1998, Independent Fundraising Adviser

rejected. Children are rejected for NHS treatment as their condition is not regarded as serious enough. This is where Blue Smile comes in.

As a student, my Education Studies lecturer Professor Nigel Tubbs was passionate about his academic work and his teaching, and I realised I wanted the same in my work.

Overwhelming feelings can stop a child from enjoying life, both at home and at school, and can get in the way of learning. One head teacher commented that Blue Smile ‘unlocks a child’s potential to learn’. Blue Smile therapists work with children through play and art. The child can play as they wish and in the midst of that play, they can start to express how they feel, the things that are troubling them, and how they would like life to be different. The therapist won’t judge them or get angry, and will gently help them understand why they feel the way they do.

While studying, I volunteered at a young people’s counselling, advice and information centre in Winchester. This experience inspired me to follow a career in the not-for-profit sector. I remember one young man who survived on meagre benefits, unable to work because of severe depression. The centre was his lifeline, where a cup of coffee and a chat meant the world to him. Other than that he was on his own. As a fundraiser, I help charities bring in the resources they need to do their front line work. However, it’s not all about money. I help them to communicate effectively so that people outside the organisation can decide whether they want to be a part of it. Without supporters we could do nothing.

I have worked with a range of different charities and causes. What is common is that they exist to make the world a better place.

Charities work to redress societal injustices related to poverty, conflict, exploitation, disability and health, and to protect what is precious and in danger of being lost such as wildlife and places under threat from climate change. I currently work part-time with Blue Smile, a small charity working across Cambridgeshire to support children with their wellbeing and mental health. The Guardian reported in October 2018 that nearly one in four referrals to children’s mental health services were

The results are tremendous! An 11-year-old told us: “I have brightness in me again and I feel happiness. I feel that I can take on any learning challenge, and I never used to feel that”. A 10-year-old said: “I have been going to school without crying”. All staff are part-time so we are doing what we can with very limited resources! Blue Smile can be contacted at For the other part of my week, I provide independent fundraising support to charities though my own business – Zoe Bunter Fundraising Support. It is a demanding sector to work in and fundraising is not an easy job, but I have the satisfaction of knowing that what I do is bringing care and help to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Zoe’s work is making a difference to the lives of many. If you are inspired to offer support to others and make a difference to someone’s life, perhaps you might want to get involved with the University? From mentoring to having an ambassadorial role and from donating to contributing to our blog – find out more about how you might be able to take part on p3.

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I wanted my work to really mean something. I had to put my heart into it as well as my skills and abilities.

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Taylor-made difference For Nick ‘Noddy’ Taylor (MEd Primary Education with Geography Specialism, 2011-2016), a Winchester teaching placement in The Gambia was the catalyst for a life focused on making a difference. We caught up with this ebullient alumnus about running marathons, exiting his comfort zone and providing school lunches to 500 children.

“My work in The Gambia started when I was studying at the University. Winchester supported Kaira Konko (a scout lodge in Soma) and I was lucky enough to visit for three weeks in my third year with lecturers Miriam Walker and Naomi Flynn. The scout centre works closely with children from nearby schools and delivers a range of initiatives and projects from building new classrooms to improving adult literacy, all of which are to support the local community.

As kind-hearted and chirpy as his nickname namesake - the cartoon character Noddy - Nick’s voice bounds down the phone on a bitingly bright winter weekend.

“It really was an eye opener in terms of the extent of the poverty and the things they don’t have. We have iPads galore and TVs – if they want to watch TV they have to go to ‘video club’ where they all squeeze into one space. I remember watching the Champions League out there with 300 Gambians all in this one room.”

“I’ve just finished putting furniture together at the cricket ground, getting it all ready for the start of the new season.” In typical humble fashion, he doesn’t mention that he is not groundskeeper, but First team captain. When we question to confirm this, he chuckles, modestly keen to move on to why we were talking in the first place.

“When I was out there, I made a promise to myself to do what I can to make a difference.”

“The individuals I met out there are just the kindest, most interesting people, who really want to take the time to get to know you. Off the back of that trip, I started the Give to Gambia project in 2017, raising just under £4,000 so far.” For this, Nick called upon his passion for sport and embarked on the European marathon circuit. He completed the Dublin and Rome marathons in 2017, followed by the Paris marathon in 2018. “It’s a real challenge of endurance doing marathons, but I liked the idea that it would be so,” he reflects. “I want to keep going; I want to get to 10 and then maybe I can retire!” Nick credits his love of sport for giving him not only the fitness to run marathons, but also personal qualities like perseverance and resilience.

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“I think it is about exiting your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is obviously comfortable, and what you know, but I think amazing stuff happens when you escape it.”

Going beyond the boundaries of comfort paid off. In 2018, Nick returned to the same place in The Gambia, two years after graduating as a teacher. The money he raised meant a water well could be repaired at Sitahuma School, crucial given the next well was a significant distance away. The fund also enabled all school children in the area (over 2,000 pupils) to receive a pencil and an exercise book. Additionally, Nick provided boxes of chalk to each class as well as coloured paper for projects and he was able to supply a set of matching football jerseys for a local school team. On top of all this, Nick turned out to be in the right place at the right time to have even more of an impact. “There is a local organisation that normally provides school dinners, which is amazing because it really incentivises kids to go to school. But during the time I was out there the organisation couldn’t get the food to the schools.” Nick used the funds from his project and the manpower provided by Kaira Konko to supply 500 children in three schools with school dinners for two months. Luckily, the original organisation were subsequently able to resume providing these meals. Fast forward a year, and Nick is about to head back to The Gambia. “The school we supported for the water well has lots of other problems, including damage to the classroom roofs – the wet and windy season took lots of tiles off which can’t be repaired.” Again, he’s tackling fundraising head on – quite literally. “It’s a statement I guess, and the kids I teach are really looking forward to seeing me bald!” he laughs, when we ask why he chose a sponsored head shave. This time, his fundraising has also taken on another element – the involvement of the students he teaches at Ashdown Primary School. “Fundraising for repairing the classroom roofs, as well as hopefully renovating the school’s toilet block with the leftover funds is what my kids want to do, so this has been our charity project in Year 6. The kids and the School have been amazing, really pushing for our target.” Through activities like a Year 6 sponsored swim, Nick clearly wants his class to be proud of the difference they are making to the lives of fellow schoolchildren, thousands of miles away.

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“My class are an integral part of the process the whole way – I show them pictures, talk about my previous trips and give the kids complete ownership of what we want to put the money they raise towards. I’ve talked to them about the different projects we could fund and they are the decision-makers. “The kids also write letters so they have a pen pal exchange with the children at the original school I went to with the University - I hand carry the Gambian reply letters back to my class with me. When my pupils progress into the secondary school, there is a fieldtrip to Africa, so it gives them a real infectious enthusiasm to try and get there in the future.” Nick started at his current school as a Newly Qualified Teacher in Year 3. The following September he was moved up to Year 6; a significant move that was not lost on him. “It is quite an important year since that is when the school is judged with SATs. It’s really not too regular to have that kind of jump so early on in your career, but it’s flattering that they thought I could do it.” This year is going to be his last teaching in the UK, at least for the next two years, as he heads out to Dubai to continue to stick with the profession. “Teaching is hard work,” he states openly. “But I do enjoy hard work, and that’s life in general, I wouldn’t expect life to be easy and you’ve got to put into life what you’d like to get out of it. After Dubai, I want to go and teach across Asia too, probably for another two years, before basing myself back in the UK.”

Just like teaching, he also sees himself continuing to make a difference in The Gambia, and empowering his pupils to play their part in his work.

“Schools can really help in the drive to fundraise decent amounts of money. In every school I work in I want to see where there may be opportunities to further support the work in The Gambia.” With such a global life now, Winchester could have faded in to the mists of time for a less grounded alumnus. Yet when we ask about his experience at the University, Nick became even more animated and buoyant, clearly aware that Winchester helped set him on his path with teaching and his work with The Gambia.

“I was looking for a fresh start, which Winchester really gave me. Ultimately, I am so grateful for this and I just felt so welcomed by the University community, including the hockey and cricket teams and my course as well.”

“It was a journey because it took five years [Nick changed to teaching after a year on Sports Studies], but it was a journey I had to go on. Apart from being in the library until quite late sometimes, I enjoyed every minute of it.” Throughout our conversation, it’s clear to see that Nick continues to live the mission of his alma mater: to educate, to advance knowledge, and to serve the common good. His dedication to making a difference is impressive as is his commitment to a goal.

“I know it is cheesy, but I love a good quote,” he quips. “A quote I always have in my mind is ‘leave the world a better place than you found it’.”

If, like Nick, you want to make a difference, see p3 for ways you can get involved with your University.

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Talking Heads Clemmie Stewart

Patrick Sullivan

BA Education Studies and English 2004-2007, PGCE 2007-2008

B.Ed. 1988-1990, MA Professional Enquiry 2002-2006

Head Teacher, Surbiton High Girls’ Prep (300 girls in the Academy and Independent sector) and Vice-Chair of Governors at Langford Primary, London (Academy)

Head Teacher, Eggar’s Secondary Academy, Alton (a State school with 1,000 students)

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We caught up with two alumni head teachers, who graduated 17 years apart, to reflect on their Winchester inspirations and their careers in teaching. WHAT IMPACT DID WINCHESTER HAVE ON YOU? Clemmie: The reputation for quality teacher training was very appealing to me. At my interview, I was inspired by the tutors (especially Dr Janice de Sousa!) and knew straightaway that I would be lucky to study here. The course looked fantastic and I loved every minute. The University’s values radiated throughout the course and I really felt I was part of something big and important, something that really mattered.

My child-centred, passionate and positive outlook was honed during my time at Winchester. We were learning to educate minds, spirits and hearts.

Patrick: I loved my time at Winchester. On my first visit, I had time to spare and walked into the city centre. I remember the moment I first saw the Cathedral and I was struck by its beauty. That feeling never left me in all my time at the University. I particularly remember a wonderfully inspiring lecturer called John Poxon. He taught in the Education Studies department but also oversaw our wellbeing. He was a brilliant lecturer and taught me to always understand your audience, and not talk too much! WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO TEACHER GRADUATES TO HELP THEM MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Clemmie: Build networks and support each other. Teaching is the best job in the world but when meeting challenges, you need your team around you to build you up, laugh with you when things go wrong, share ideas and talk to when things are tough.

you have actually made to someone else. Teaching is a wonderful profession and I would recommend it to anyone.

You have a chance to improve people’s lives and aspirations – not an opportunity many careers can offer.

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES IN TEACHING AND IN BEING A HEAD TEACHER TODAY? Clemmie: Balancing the need for pupils to secure best outcomes, whilst protecting and supporting their mental health and wellbeing. However, if we always place children and their needs at the heart of what we do, we cannot go far wrong. Recruiting and retaining the best staff is a big challenge for any head teacher. Schools are essentially massive families and it’s my role to ensure that everyone in the family counts, and feels heard, loved and supported. It may be a slightly dysfunctional family at times but everyone wants to be a part of it! Patrick: My biggest challenge, and one facing all teachers, is to give the very best experience we possibly can to every individual, every single day. Also, funding and resources have not been as difficult as they are currently. HOW HAVE YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR TEACHING CAREER? Clemmie: My previous school was a State school in Special Measures with children from a range of backgrounds, facing real challenges. It was incredible to be part of the team seeking rapid improvement and securing far better outcomes for the pupils we were privileged to teach. We secured amazing SATs results, but more than that we had a cohort of happy, balanced children who loved learning and were ready for all that Year 7 had to offer them. Patrick: This is central to my daily working life, trying to have a positive effect on the students, their families and all the staff, to enjoy their work together and to achieve. As a head teacher, every single day is different and I love it.

WINTON TEACHER ASSOCIATION Embrace every opportunity. Show leadership and excellence at every level because Heads seek those with the right values and a hard-working attitude. Finally, ask for help and make the most of it! Your school will want to nurture and help you to be the best you can be for your children.

Belong to a professional network free to all Winchester alumni who teach or have taught.

Patrick: Teaching is a fantastic opportunity so go and make the most of it. You often don’t know what a difference

For further information:

We aim to enhance your employability and professional development through the provision of mentoring, support and networking opportunities.

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Kate’s American dream – funding makes it a reality

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Kate Mellor, BA Digital Media Design, 2013-2016, Documentary Filmmaker I’m Kate, I’m a 20-something year old, I studied Digital Media Design at Winchester and love everything film and television. I also live with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. Basically, that means from birth my muscles decided they wanted to be on a permanent holiday and not do their jobs properly. So, because of my muscles’ poor work ethic, I need support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by a team of carers for every part of practical life. Not long before I graduated, I started planning an epic adventure of grand proportions. A road trip across America. I’d always wanted to go to America and after graduation seemed like the perfect time. I knew it wouldn’t be easy so I took the opportunity to use my trip to demonstrate the difficulties of disabled travellers through social media.

My course at Winchester gave me the organisational skills, communication skills and patience to pull this off and taught me that perseverance and attention to detail was key to achieving the best possible outcome.

One of the many obstacles that I needed to deal with was how I was going to fund the trip. Due to my disability, having a regular job isn’t very feasible therefore I needed to think of other ways to raise the money. I had to not only pay for myself but for the carers who came with me, special equipment and an accessible vehicle to drive in America.

This is where the Winton Benevolent Fund came in.

I applied to the Winton Benevolent Fund explaining that this trip, as well as being an adventure for me, was a chance to show that people with my level of disability can and do want to travel and to encourage people to pursue their ambitions. The Winton Benevolent

Fund very kindly granted me £400. This money helped me fund some of the cost of my carer’s flights and accommodation. After two years of planning and fundraising, on 17 April 2018 I began my 49-day adventure across America, starting in California and finishing in New York. This trip, apart from making me want to travel more, has made me realise that no matter your situation in life you should always try to achieve your dreams.

It’s a cliché thing to say, but we’ve only got one guaranteed shot at this life so you have to make the most of it, right?

As well as posting on social media, during the whole trip we were filming for a documentary that my friend and I are now putting together, highlighting all aspects of my trip. It is our hope that this documentary will illustrate to the public and the travel industry that though it is possible for people with disabilities to travel there is so much more that needs to be done to make it more affordable and achievable.

Can you help someone’s dream become a reality, so they can go out and make a difference in the world? The Winton Benevolent Fund welcomes donations – 100 per cent of your contribution goes towards helping students or alumni in times of hardship. Contact us to find out how to donate.

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Winchester journalists don’t fake it to make it ADVICE FOR SUCCESS Someone’s got to get that work placement, that interview or that one job with thousands of applicants and why can’t it be you? Don’t let self-doubt stop you from going for it. SAM RYALL SHOOTING DIRECTOR ON BBC’S THE ONE SHOW BA ENGLISH AND MEDIA STUDIES, 1992–1995 I make short-form films for the primetime BBC series – scripting, shooting and editing for weekly transmission. I specialise in consumer and crime films but I do get the chance to make films about natural history from time to time, which I really enjoy. As part of my role, I lead a small team of directors and researchers. Our films are aimed at a wide age range and must be topical yet engaging. We’re on straight after the news so our films need to be different to the usual talking heads you see in news reports. ADVICE FOR SUCCESS Don’t be afraid to take a leap of faith in your career, even if it seems like a backward step at the time. Keep re-skilling and reminding your colleagues and bosses that you have the potential to be so much more. MAKING A DIFFERENCE Sometimes films make a difference by putting the spotlight on a particular issue or giving someone a mouthpiece. For example, a recent film we made about IVF treatment led to a change in policy by the watchdog.

MEGAN FISHER BBC NEWS JOURNALIST ON THE DIGITAL VIDEO TEAM BA JOURNALISM, 2012–2015 I edit, film and produce videos for the BBC News website, app and social platforms for both international and domestic audiences. Over the last couple of years, I’ve been incredibly lucky to have told some of the most sensitive and tragic stories from amazing individuals. I’ve reported on terror attacks in London and Manchester, a snap election and a royal wedding.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE I have helped shape editorial decisions for digital output across the BBC to focus on content for younger audiences. In a world that’s become murky of facts, the stories we share become all the more important especially on the internet and social media.

JOE LIPSCOMBE – DIRECTOR OF CONTENT AND STORYTELLING FOR OGILVY BA JOURNALISM, 2008–2011 My responsibility is to develop authentic narratives for global clients. The goal is to work with influential journalists, analysts and commentators, and create stories and content that demonstrates how brands can play a role in the social and cultural make-up of the markets they operate in. It’s about understanding the complexity of the Middle East, and using brand platforms to spark important, relevant conversations with its citizens. ADVICE FOR SUCCESS Use university not only to learn core skills in classes, but to also explore other interests that only a diverse university environment can offer you - to pursue passions within your degree, as well as out. When you graduate, travel the world. MAKING A DIFFERENCE This role is helping make a difference every day, by creating campaigns that positively transform how people feel, think and act on important subjects. We have recently run campaigns on climate change, domestic violence, unregistered refugee babies, and more.

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CHRISTINA MICHAELS INPUT PRODUCER FOR CHANNEL 5 NEWS ITN BA JOURNALISM, 2011–2014 My role involves working on our investigations and special programmes. I produced a documentary, and a one year anniversary special, on the Grenfell Tower fire this year which was the most heart-breaking and challenging story I have worked on. Our coverage gave the Grenfell community a voice at a time where many bereaved relatives and survivors felt they were not listened to. ADVICE FOR SUCCESS Use work experience as a way to make and keep in contact with industry professionals. The news world is a smaller industry than you think, so speak to everyone, voice your suggestions, pitch ideas and most of all be valuable to the team and get stuck in. MAKING A DIFFERENCE How journalism makes a difference is hearing from the unheard voices, telling the untold stories and, above most, putting people at the heart of the story.

CLAIRE LOMAS SENIOR VIDEO JOURNALIST AT THE INDEPENDENT BA JOURNALISM, 2009–2012 We cover video content for the entire Independent news website, as well as the Indy100 site. From home news to foreign and culture to sport, every day is different, which is the best part of working in a newsroom. At an exciting time of expansion for the department, I shoot, edit, source and clear video content as we work with journalists from across the globe on breaking news, features and current affairs. I previously held roles at the Watford Observer, ITN, Telegraph and MailOnline. ADVICE FOR SUCCESS Get as much work experience as you can, anywhere relevant - and pester, pester, pester! Take in as much as you can. Read, watch, follow and listen to all different types of media. MAKING A DIFFERENCE For me, Journalism is about teaching people things, finding things out that other people don’t know and telling them. Telling a story, telling a person’s story - it’s those things that make a difference to people’s lives.

GARETH MESSENGER PRODUCER FOR BEIN SPORTS BA JOURNALISM, 2009–2012 I currently produce sports news bulletins as well beIN Sports’ coverage of European football, Formula 1 and cricket including the 2017/18 Ashes series. I also work directly in live gallery environments on our Premier League and Champions League programming, and have worked on two FIFA World Cups and two UEFA European Championships. ADVICE FOR SUCCESS Listen to your peers. Always listen to what other people have to say, and then learn from their experiences to shape your own. Never try to be the next big name, always aim to be the first you. Create your own identity. MAKING A DIFFERENCE My role within journalism and sports broadcasting has taught me there is always a story for people to tell. Whether that is professional or personal, living and working in the Middle East, I have learnt that everybody is different.

JAKE GABLE EDITOR WITH WE RAVE YOU AND JOURNALIST FOR LISTEN UP, BA JOURNALISM, 2009–2012 After starting out in sports journalism, working for BT Sport and then as chief content editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph (where I covered the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 in France, and the Olympics in Rio), I soon found the seesaw of my personal interests tipping away from sport and towards music. After achieving the position of editor with popular dance music website We Rave You in 2017, I then also joined Listen Up where I now travel to the industry’s festival hotspots. ADVICE FOR SUCCESS My advice would be to pester people... If you’ve not heard back about a job, email again. Call them. Give them a reason to remember you. MAKING A DIFFERENCE I take great pride in knowing that my role(s) have made a difference to civilians around the world. Journalism is a selfless job, as the main focus of it is serving others. If you can bring the public information that is important, or entertaining/enjoyable, you’ve already achieved a good percentage of why you embarked on this ‘Wolf of Fleet Street’ mentality.

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Every picture tells a story

The Winchester Student Union photo of the Mixed Hockey team in Venta 34 received some great responses from alumni from the 1990s. Bex Lewis commented on Twitter: “Was checking out Venta magazine from @WinchAlum and came across this pic – and yes, that’s me in it. I remember I joined Mixed Hockey for the social as I wasn’t particularly good at the sport! Now, was that taken in my first year (1994)?” Do you have any photos of teams or societies we can publish to jog memories? They are a great way to find and reunite with old friends.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS AND ANECDOTES FROM YOUR TIME AT WINCHESTER We welcome stories from alumni of all ages, from your days studying here. Share your stories with us by using the hashtag #WinchMemories on Twitter @WinchAlum or post them on facebook. com/universityofwinchesteralumniassociation You can also send your stories to and via post to the normal address. If you would like to send photos, please only send copies and not the original photograph. Those memories are yours to keep.

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In November 2018, two gentlemen from Kent returned to Winchester two decades after graduating for a day trip down memory lane. Richard Roberts (L) from Canterbury (BA Media, Film and Communications, 1994-1997) and Matthew Elliott (R) from Royal Tunbridge Wells (BA Contemporary Cultural Studies and Media, Film and Communications, 1994-1997) didn’t know each other before King Alfred’s College. They met on their first day, both lost and comparing campus maps on the steps outside Tom Atkinson building. A trip to Winchester had been talked about many times over the years, but their diaries were hard to coordinate until now, as while Richard lives in Hertfordshire, Matthew now lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Over a pint in the Royal Oak, they recalled how they were the first students in the ‘new’ West Downs Student Village, how they worked together in Dixons at the top of the High Street and how they had been truly inspired by the passion of Leighton Grist and Imruh Bakari on the Media Studies programme - and how it had such a positive impact on their careers. After graduating in 1997, Richard went on to work as a marketing manager for media companies like Heart Radio and Matthew went on to build a career in digital media and is now working as a Senior Online Advisor in local government in Christchurch. We were so pleased you returned to where it all started!

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Recognition for Charles

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Charles Cracknell, BA History with Archaeology 1979-1982, said he was “shocked, delighted and honoured all rolled into one” to have received an Alumni Recognition Award at Graduation last year. CHARLES WAS NOMINATED BY HIS FELLOW 1982 ALUMNI KEVIN GILLESPIE, BA HISTORY WITH DRAMA, AND DAVID FERNANDO, BA ENGLISH WITH DRAMA.

when he received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise promotion and in 2015 as a judge in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Kevin and David, who served as President and Vice-President respectively of the Student Union 1982/83, joined Charles at Winchester Cathedral to celebrate his award with him.

Charles is also active in the Badgers Stett Enterprise Challenge which is supported by Dragon’s Den’s Ruth Badger. Ruth said: “Charles’ commitment to supporting enterprising young people is infectious and he is relentless in his desire to support them. I often say that if each area in the UK had a Charles to galvanise a group to support young people with their enterprising ideas, we would be a lot better off as a country.”

The Alumni Recognition Award celebrates the achievements of an alumnus/a of the University of Winchester, or any of its predecessor institutions, who has made an outstanding contribution to society. Charles has devoted a substantial part of his working and voluntary life to supporting young people in the communities of the Humber region. In his roles as Chief Executive of the Humber’s Careers Service and Youth Enterprise Manager of Hull City Council, he has worked tirelessly to help young people in the north-east to understand business and to develop a culture of enterprise. Charles’ work attracted national recognition in 2009

Do you know someone who you believe deserves an Alumni Recognition Award? Find out more and download a nomination form at

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115 islands, 1 drama teacher

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Alumnus Kurt Lagrenade (BA Drama, 2012-2015) makes waves bringing his Winchester drama skills back to the Seychelles.

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Across the paradisal archipelago sprinkled in the Indian Ocean, the vibrant voice of Kurt Lagrenade punctuates island life through his latest role – radio DJ. “I have three shows I present on” he says. “On one of the shows, I meet with youth on a weekly basis to talk about the positive things they are involved in. Most of the time they express how much they appreciate feeling noticed, which is also what I come across in my other work.” This ‘other work’ is none other than being the only drama teacher in the Seychelles who is fully qualified, and managing all Drama operations as the Senior Instructor/

Acting Head for the Seychellois Ministry of Tourism and Culture. In his spare time, Kurt also has his own theatre company which produces yearly shows. For Kurt studying Drama at Winchester was all part of the plan – the plan of his country’s government. Compared to other arts like music or dance, drama and theatre is not well developed in the Seychelles. There is a very rich heritage of dance and music that has evolved over time, including music from different groups who have come to the Seychelles. However the same has never been the case with drama; any tradition of theatrical performance has died off over the years as a result of no proper theatre company productions. Sadly it is not part of education the way that it is in the UK. Recognising the value drama could have on society and the value of Kurt’s drive and energy, the Seychelles government encouraged him to go to university in England to study Drama and return with the skills and experience to develop a drama programme for the nation under a government contract. To paraphrase Casablanca, in all the drama programmes in all the country, Kurt walked into Winchester’s.

“When I first arrived and walked down the High Street, it felt like home - the hills and seeing the green helped as well. The scenery was captivating.”

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“My fondest memory of Winchester is the International Society, through the Society I made friends from all over the world that I’m still in touch with today. From the Society I took a sense of togetherness and I’ve applied this to my theatre company now; we had a saying in the International Society - we’re not friends, we’re family.” “The lecturers were very friendly and helpful” Kurt comments about Winchester’s Drama course, which instilled in him a real strong sense of the power of drama and theatre, and the way it can be used as a development tool.

“As our world continues to evolve, we tend to forget to live. From my point of view, drama reminds us and mirrors our lives.”

With a regular programme of drama training for children and young people through the National Conservatoire of Performing Arts, Kurt is keen that his students are aware of the different ways theatre can be used to present the stories of different communities or issues like injustice. “Yes, drama can be entertaining, but something clicks inside us when we watch a piece of theatre. Drama doesn’t portray ‘what was’ but ‘what is’.” The value to the individual, including the skills they gain, is also of key significance for Kurt. “You see the impact drama is having on the students, you can see the difference you’ve made on a personal level.”

Alongside directing regular plays and running training there is still a lot he is working on in the background to sustain drama in the Seychelles. “I’m trying to advance having a working syllabus for the School of Drama in the Seychelles and also a governing institution awarding international recognition to Seychellois Drama students.” Kurt is also working on a partnership with his alma mater that would allow others to pursue drama within Higher Education. Working with Steve Hall, Head of Department of Performing Arts, a partnership is in the works that may enable Seychellois students to move from the Conservatoire in the Seychelles onto a degree course at Winchester. Steve has been to the Seychelles to run workshops and work with the government on proposals to make this a reality. “For the first time, drama is looking promising in the Seychelles, in terms of trained actors and an understanding of the art form, There is lots of talent in the Seychelles and now with more education and programmes coming into play, the future looks bright.”

If, like Kurt, you want to make a difference, see p3 for ways you can get involved with your University.

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Alumni benefits As alumni, you have a world of benefits waiting for you. Alumni Masters Scholarship: Up to 50% off a Masters programme A postgraduate qualification from Winchester will help you achieve your professional ambitions, advance your career and boost your future earnings. We provide you with a stimulating and supportive learning environment to help you reach your full potential, flourish in an increasingly competitive job market and make a difference in the world.

We run a Back to Study day, with dedicated sessions for postgraduate students, shortly prior to starting and we offer workshops and one-to-one appointments to boost your academic skills so you needn’t be daunted during your time here. We also a dedicated student support team to help with any questions or challenges you may experience.

Find out more at

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Alumni gifts

Careers support Our Careers Service team offer support to recent graduates, for up to two years after leaving the University of Winchester. Contact our friendly team to book an individual guidance appointment or seek advice from our Advisers via email ( or telephone (01962 827310). All alumni can access our CareerConnect jobs and opportunities portal for free. If you and your company has a job vacancy, why not get in touch to advertise on the portal to attract a fellow Winchester graduate or student?

We have a range of items for sale to remind you of your time here University mug, £11* Teddy bear, £13* Monopoly: Winchester Edition, £35* Magnetic pin badge, £2.75* Graduation 2018 tote bag, £2.75* *Prices listed include UK postage

Are there any discounts or benefits you would like to see, or would your company be willing to offer a discount or benefit to your fellow Winchester alumni? Get in touch on

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GRAD-ITUDE WE ASKED ALUMNI FOR A SHOUT-OUT TO THE LECTURERS THAT MADE A POSITIVE IMPACT DURING THEIR STUDIES. OLU TAIWO – PERFORMING ARTS “For breaking all the rules of my classical training in dance and music and helping me to think bigger, wider and more creative thoughts for doing so!” Anneliese Slader PETER DIXON – EDUCATION/ART “I still have the scrapbooks full of ideas that we made in his lecture. I wonder how many children his art lessons have had an impact on.” Sally-Anne Caunter CHARLIE RYAN – EDUCATION “Science extraordinaire - a force of intellect coupled with clarity and childlike curiosity - a potent combination. His views on student wellbeing were ahead of their time.” Dan El LIZ CHAMBERLAIN – EDUCATION “An inspiring lady with children and English at the heart of what she does. Very inclusive approach to teaching, which helped me on my journey into Special Education.” Laura Tovey RUTH BUSSEY – SPECIAL EDUCATION “Tutored me during my Cert Ed in the 70s and then to my delight was my personal tutor in the 80s when I completed my DipSE.” Di Phillips GERRY MEEK – BUSINESS “Unconventional in his approach. Made my brain feel alive.” Zoe Ascherl

DAVE PAMMENTER – DRAMA “He demonstrated that you could be passionate and intelligent about the way you produce content, I have tried to emulate the way he inspired me in my own teaching ever since.” Allen Stroud KARL ELLISON – MEDIA PRODUCTION “Very down to earth, kept it real and wasn’t afraid to tell us if we weren’t doing our best work.” Jess Hallett CHRIS ALDOUS – HISTORY “He made History fascinating and fun; he opened my eyes and changed how I thought and looked at the world around me. I’m now a history teacher myself, trying to follow in his footsteps.” Jo Rigby ROB CONKIE – DRAMA “He was the first lecturer who made you feel you could challenge and have an opinion, and it was ok to speak up for what you believed. You felt on the same level.” Terri Cash STEVIE SIMPKIN AND CHARLOTTE PURKIS - DRAMA “Both incredibly supportive and inspiring. Their knowledge and care as lecturers certainly had an impact on me in my career as a Drama and English teacher.” Zoe Cummings DOUG BOWERS – EDUCATION/PE “He set a high standard, expected you to be punctual and always looked for the best in all his students. A great mentor and a credit to KAC!” David Hardy

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GRAHAM MOLE – MEDIA PRODUCTION “One of the loveliest men and tutors I’ve ever had. Absolute font of knowledge and if you ever needed a contact to film, interview or do media work for, he knew them all.” Jess Hallett PAUL MANNING – MEDIA AND FILM “He was calm, funny, engaging and very intelligent! We all respected him a lot.” Rebecca Thomas DIRK MAGGS – AUDIO DRAMA “He fully opened my eyes to a new world of recorded media. Really inspirational. If I hadn’t ended up working in education I think I would have liked to have pursued voice acting, and that’s all thanks to Dirk’s enthusiasm for the medium.” Arietta Bryant DAVID WILSON – EDUCATION/COMPUTING “He made lectures interesting and practicals fun, whilst imparting knowledge. He was an inspiration to me and gave me the courage to branch out into Secondary.” Lesley Renault NEIL MARRIOTT – BUSINESS “Neil was my dissertation mentor. Absolute inspiration! I have never wanted to work so hard at a piece of work before or since.” Emily Charlene ROGER RICHARDSON – HISTORY “Roger was Head of History whilst I was at the college and has proved to be a true friend ever since. What a wonderful person.” Philip Twizell

DAVID PERRY – TEACHING “Seriously talented, calm and inspiring Technology lecturer.” Paul Edwards RUBY CHAMBERS – EDUCATION “Ruby was a child-centred education lecturer who sowed the seed.” John Oakshott ELWYN COX – BUSINESS/MARKETING “He is a major influence on how I’ve spent the last eight years teaching business studies in schools and colleges. A brilliant, knowledgeable lecturer who always had time for me, however busy.” Dan Cleary CAREY FLEINER – HISTORY “Carey has been an incredible lecturer, supervisor, and support network over my 5 years at @_UoW I can’t thank her and the @uowclassics department enough!!” Jess Nipper RICHARD COLE – EDUCATION “Maths clinics with Richard were an absolute highlight! The man is a hero.” Clemmie Stewart

Could you be a source of inspiration to future generations of Winchester students? We’re looking for alumni mentors and alumni ambassadors to support our students flourish before, during and after their time with us. See p3 to find out more about taking part.

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(if not earlier!) was when the tradition of Winton started, reaffirmed in 1992 with the Steve Tomlinson memorial rugby match


students and alumni threw, caught, rallied, dribbled, tackled, tumbled, hit, bounced, kicked or danced in competitions


fixtures happened across the weekend


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ways to get involved next Winton – participate, donate, celebrate or spectate



new sport debuted at Winton this year (Quidditch – yes really!)

people celebrated at the Winton Party on Saturday night in the Vault


repeat requests for Country Roads by John Denver at the Winton Party



teams across all sports, Team Winchester (current students) and Team Alfies (alumni)

were the final scores. Congrats Team Winchester!


miles was the furthest distance someone travelled to be part of Winton


your next chance to come back for Winton Weekend


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Winton Club news and events

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On becoming an old Wintonian Liz Broughton (CertEd, 1974-1977) Honorary General Secretary of the Winton Club Working Group Many of you will know that the University of Winchester is one of the older higher education institutions in the UK. With an initial intake of seven students in 1840 as the Diocesan Training School, it has grown into the popular and populous establishment we know today. As the student population has grown, so too has the body of alumni and the University of Winchester is developing an alumni strategy to ensure all former students can be kept in touch with current and future developments, while paying homage to the institution’s past. Alumni of the institution in whatever phase of its development are all Wintonians, members of the Winton Club with some 30,000 members. Enter our Working Group, a small group of alumni from the King Alfred’s College era of the institution. Operating under the umbrella of the Alumni Strategy Group, we represent those alumni who left thirty or more years ago. We rejoice in having among those members a number who attended in the immediate post-war years, but also our celebrated centenarian, John Shannon, who completed his Teacher Training course in 1937. Our core activities centre around organising the annual Winton Summer Reunion. In the year of the institution’s 150th anniversary, the University hosted a lunch for 324 people. Typically about 200 Wintonians and guests attend the Luncheon, that being the core event of the weekend, as it has been since the Winton Club’s foundation in 1874. Former students come and go from Friday evening onwards, dispersing on Sunday morning having caught up on the news from contemporaries and perhaps having formed friendships with Wintonians from other eras. In addition, the Working Group is charged with administration of the Winton Benevolent Fund. Perhaps as early as the 1880s, a fund had been created ‘to alleviate cases of distress among old Winchester Men, by granting pecuniary assistance’ and the fund still operates today when, in a time of means-testing and form-filling, it can respond quickly and effectively to the needs of any alumni.

We hope that as seniority is achieved in your workplace, or that heady state which is retirement beckons, you will hear the call of Winchester and wish to return, as the poem says: ‘to briefly live again the days of youth, renew old friendships, recapture dreams, to feel again the spell that Winton laid upon us’! For sure there will be people whom you know (though you may have forgotten them) and people who remember you!

WHAT’S ON IN WINCHESTER FRIENDS: Season 2019 The One Where They All Reunite in Winchester! Episode 1 Winton Club Reunion 28-30 June 2019 Invitations will be sent out in late April. All enquiries by email to Episode 2 40th Anniversary for 1979 Starters Saturday 31 August 2019 Did you start your studies at KAC in September 1979? A reunion to celebrate 40 years since joining KAC has been organised by Paul Simon (B.Ed PE and Humanities 1979-1983). All enquiries by email to Paul:

Further episodes in the pipeline Drama and Performing Arts alumni are working on plans for two reunions to coincide with 10th and 30th anniversaries of graduating from Winchester. If you graduated in 2009 or 1989 in Drama or Performing Arts and you’re interested in either of these events, please get in touch with the Alumni Team by email to

If you want to plan a reunion at the University, we can help you with discounted SU venues and accommodation. We offer assistance with sending out messages to drum up interest and making sure your reunion will be a great success! Get in touch by email to for more details.

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Then and now

University Chapel, King Alfred Quarter 1938 and 2019

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Mr Colin Vernon


Mr Kenneth C Magraw


Mr Derek Fawcett


Mrs Marilyn Gunn


Mr David Townsend


Miss Ruth Davis


Mr John (Boris) Westwood


Mr Michael Hutchinson


Mr Stuart Heath


FORMER STAFF Mrs Barbara Large MBE (Honorary Fellow) Ms Pauline Oakley Mrs Amanda Pervin

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The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox by Dr Claire Gradidge (PhD Creative Writing, 2009-2018) WINCHESTER GRADUATE CLAIRE GRADIDGE HAS WON THE RICHARD AND JUDY ‘SEARCH FOR A BESTSELLER’ COMPETITION FOR FIRST-TIME UNPUBLISHED WRITERS. CLAIRE’S CRIME NOVEL WAS WRITTEN AS PART OF HER PHD AND IS SET DURING WORLD WAR II IN THE HAMPSHIRE MARKET TOWN OF ROMSEY WHERE SHE WAS BORN AND BROUGHT UP. In The Unexpected Return of Josephine Fox, Jo revisits her hometown of Romsey on a quest to solve the mystery of who her father was. She arrives in the town just after an air raid has destroyed a local pub. Seven known bodies are retrieved from the ruins, but an eighth body – that of an unknown girl – is also recovered. As Jo works alongside the coroner to establish the identity of the girl and discover who the murderer is, she also uncovers her own personal history.

Claire’s prize is a publishing contract for world rights with Bonnier Zaffre worth £30,000 and specialist advice and representation from literary agency YM&U (formerly Furniss Lawton). The book will be published in July 2019 and will be stocked in WHSmith stores across the country. Following the news of her win, Claire said: “I’m absolutely thrilled by winning this competition. Ever since I was a small girl, I have wanted to be a published writer and it’s very exciting that my dream will come true later this year. The University has been a very creative place to develop my writing and has helped me to grow as a writer. It’s a fantastic forum for sharing work, which is always important.”

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Now a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University, Flight is Vanessa’s debut novel. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, the novel is inspired by the true story of the rescue of the Spanish Riding School’s Lipizzaner horses during the Second World War, known as Operation Cowboy. The book was announced as one of the New Statesman’s ‘Best children’s books of summer 2018’ and has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019. “The University of Winchester was instrumental in my development as a writer,” said Vanessa. “My studies here encouraged me to experiment and inspired me to try writing for children. This support has led to my dream career as an academic, writer and, now, an author.”

Nichola wrote these stories to offer gentle narratives to bereaved children to explain death and to help them cope with the loss of relatives and pets.

DEBT OF HONOUR: WINCHESTER CITY’S FIRST WORLD WAR DEAD BY JEN BEST (BA ARCHAEOLOGY 20022008), AND EDITED BY EMERITUS PROFESSOR TOM BEAUMONT JONES Published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, the book commemorates the sacrifice of those men of Winchester who lost their lives in the conflict.


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